Angry Birds TV series set to air this autumn

Angry Birds TV series set to air this autumn, will reveal where all that anger comes from

After the success the Angry Birds game series has achieved, it’s only logical to see Rovio try out and push the franchise onto other mediums.

According to Rovio’s chief of animation, Nick Dorra, the Angry Birds characters will star in 52 episodes, each being two-and-a-half to three minutes long.

Unlike the games, the TV series won’t be just about recklessly bashing pigs around. No, according to Dorra, we will find out about the “deeper thoughts, deeper feelings of the characters, such as why are they always angry?”.

The TV series will supposedly be modeled after Disney’s TV productions. On top of that, Dorra let it slip that a full-length Angry Birds flick is in development, although it won’t be released until 2013 or 2014.


Firefox 4 final version now available for download

Firefox 4 final version now available for download, the official launch is later today

We should see the latest and greatest Mozilla browser launch officially later today. And as the tradition goes the company has made it available for download through its FTP server a day early for the most eager among you.

So if you want to give the final version of Firefox 4 a try you can do that right now. Just follow this link if you are using Windows. Linux users should go this way and those on Mac can find a version for their platform here.

As you probably expected, there isn’t any noticeable difference between the final version and the release candidate that we tried a few weeks ago. However this is still great news for those that have been postponing their update until the completely stable final version becomes available.

Feel free to share how the new browser is working for you in the comments section below.

Acer Aspire One D255 netbook is powered by a dual-core Atom N550

Acer Aspire One D255 netbook is powered by a dual-core Atom N550

The first netbooks with Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 CPU are beginning to appear. The Acer Aspire One D255 is powered by just such a processor. It’s not the first netbook with a dual-core processor (the Asus 1215N has it beat here), but it’s the first with a dual-core Atom intented for netbooks (the 1215N uses a nettop CPU)…

The Intel Atom N550 has two cores, each running at 1.5GHz and with Hyper-Threading, that makes up for 4 threads in total. The N550 has 1MB of L2 cache in total (512KB per core).

Anyhow, that’s slower than the D525 CPU inside the Asus 1215N, but the Acer Aspire One D255 has the advantage when it comes to battery life – D-series Atoms are more power-hungry than their N-series counterparts (it’s a matter of a few watts but it that’s a lot for a CPU that draws under 10W).

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The Acer Aspire One D255 with dual-core Atom N550

Unfortunately, those are all the specs available right now – no GPU info (likely integrated Intel graphics), no RAM, HDD, not even pricing or target availability date.



Android PC available for $74

Android PC available for $74, about the size of a pack of gum

The MK802 may look like an ordinary USB stick, but it’s a fully-functional computer.

Of course, you need to attach it to a display, and connect some sort of keyboard/mouse combo, but the MK802 could very well be the smallest PC around.

Perhaps you remember the portable FXI dual-core USB stick, which let you turn any HDMI display into an Android-powered computer?

Well, along those lines, a Chinese manufacturer has created the MK802, which is a more affordable version of the same device.

There are, of course, some trade-offs involved here. The MK802 is from an unspecified manufacturer, and has a single core 1.5Ghz processor (as opposed to the dual-core FXI). Also, the HDMI is a connector, rather than a socket, so you’ll need to use a cable rather than just stick it into the back of a TV.

The MK802 comes with 512 MB of RAM, WiFi connectivity, and 4GB of internal storage. There’s a undetermined “3D Graphical processor” inside, whatever that means, but it does come with a plethora of cables and adapters for connectivity. It comes with Android preinstalled, although you should be able to load other platforms onto it.

If you’re the adventurous type, and have $74 to spend on anonymous Chinese devices (we’ve all done it at some point), then the MK802 may be right down your alley. If you do decide to take the leap, be sure to share your experiences with the rest of us in the comments.


Alan Wake for PC now available on Steam for $29

Alan Wake for PC now available on Steam for $29.99

After making PC gamers wait for nearly two years, the PC version of Alan Wake is finally here. You can now download the game exclusively from Steam right now for $29.99. For that price you get the game, Collector’s Edition DLC (free until February 23rd), developer commentary videos, illustrated PDF book, and the official soundtrack for the game.

The PC version of the game promises higher quality graphics compared to the Xbox 360 version, along with full support and optimization for a keyboard and mouse layout. The graphics settings are configurable, the game is optimized for quad-core CPUs and you can now even hide the HUD for a more immersive experience. It also works with AMD’s Eyefinity 3D 3-screen mode and Nvidia’s NVISION2 Stereoscopic 3D.

For those who aren’t aware, Alan Wake is a survival horror game where you play as a writer suffering from writer’s block. He is out with his wife on a vacation when she mysteriously disappears, along with the house they were staying in. After that things start getting worse, with events from Wake’s unfinished horror novel starting to occur around him. Your job is to help find Wake’s wife and find out what exactly is going on around you. Sounds interesting? It definitely is. Alan Wake is one of the creepiest games available for any platform and also features a very unique combat system. If you like action/adventure games with some horror and suspense thrown in for good measure, you are going to love Alan Wake. If nothing else, it will definitely serve as a respite from your usual war-based shooters and RPGs.



Google celebrates Earth Day 2013 with a cool animated doodle

Google celebrates Earth Day 2013 with a cool animated doodle

Google has always celebrated important dates in its own cool way – with an animated doodle related to the event. This year, Google has a brilliant environment-themed doodle for Earth Day.

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time in the United States in the year 1970 and a whopping 20 million Americans took part and demonstrated in a movement for a healthy, sustainable environment for all the people across their country. Since then, activists have been actively promoting greater environmental awareness on this auspicious day.

Today’s Google doodle shows us nature’s beauty in the cycle of seasons along with the rising and falling of Sun and Moon in a neat animation.

Google has always innovative with its doodles – you check out the other recent ones here.


More photos of the HTC DROID Incredible HD pop up

More photos of the HTC DROID Incredible HD pop up, and so do a few new HTC EVO Shift 4G images

Images of the rumored HTC DROID Incredible HD a.k.a. Mecha first surfaced back in August 2010 and now, 4 months later, we get to meet the upcoming device once again thanks to a whole series of “leaked” photos. And you can also say “Hi” to another still unannounced HTC-made, the HTC EVO Shift 4G.

The Incredible HD is said to be LTE-ready and Verizon-exclusive. The thing should be among the bunch of 4G-capable devices Verizon is expected to announce at next year’s CES.

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HTC DROID Incredible HD for Verizon

And while the rest of the specs sheet is still a mystery, features might start showing up just like those images: one by one, sent to a handful of gadget-loving websites (including Android Central, SlashGear, Engadget and Gizmodo).

Meantime, yet another rumored HTC smartphone, the EVO Shift 4G, made a public appearance. Just like the EVO 4G (and the Incredible HD we’ve just talked about), the EVO Shift 4G will have 4G powers and should be unveiled in a few days, in January 2011.

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HTC EVO Shift 4G for Sprint

Obviously, the EVO Shift 4G will pack a side-slide hardware QWERTY-keyboard and will head for the Sprint stores across the US. Oh, and it is said to come with an 800MHz processor on board.